Stamatis Zogaris

Stamatis Zogaris
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research | hcmr · Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters

Ph.D., M.Sc., B.A.
Aquatic biodiversity conservation, applied ecology, ichthyology

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Introduction
Geographer-Biologist, background in ichthyology, ornithology & other animal groups; riparian vegetation & landscape ecology. Experience in surveying and taxonomy of terrestrial and aquatic organisms, including: electrofishing, bioassessment, monitoring indices, restoration and science communication. Research experience in: Mediterranean, Balkans, Middle East, the Americas and Southern Asia. INSTITUTE URL: imbriw.hcmr.gr/en/ PERSONAL BLOG: zogaris.blogspot.gr/ News: https://twitter.com/szogaris
Additional affiliations
June 2014 - June 2014
Ministry of Forests and Water, Republic of Turkey
Position
  • Training seminar lecturer
Description
  • Developed a training package for standardized electrofishing protocol for sampling fishes in order to use data for river status assessment in Turkey. A day-long feild seminar took place on the Buyuk Menderes river as a field demonstration in June 2014.
January 2012 - May 2013
University of Patras
Position
  • Visiting Lecturer (short-term contract participant in inter-departmental MSc programme)
Description
  • Participant lecturer in Masters programme on "Sustainability and management of Protected Areas".
January 2006 - December 2008
University of Ioannina
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Associated in four research projects funded by the university during work on my Doctorate at the University.
Education
September 2003 - January 2009
University of Ioannina
Field of study
  • Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management
September 2000 - September 2001
Bangor University
Field of study
  • Biological Sciences
January 1989 - May 1995
Simon Fraser University
Field of study
  • Geography - Biological Sciences

Publications

Publications (344)
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Ecoregion delineations have gained increased attention in Europe, especially following the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD), which provides the European Union's first policy-relevant ecoregion map. However, the WFD's ecoregions were created through a minor adaptation of Illies' (Limnofauna Europaea. Gustav Fisher Verlag, Stuttgart, 1967/1...
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Background. The distribution of freshwater fishes in Cyprus is poorly known. The island is particularly interesting because of its biogeographical isolation and the long-term influence of humans on the biota, especially due to the recent damming of many rivers. This study documents preliminary baseline freshwater fish assemblage patterns including...
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In ecosystems with high fish species endemicity, such as Mediterranean-type rivers, biogeographical differences among ecoregions present serious obstacles to developing broadly-applicable river bioassessment indices. This impediment has contributed to a serious time-lag in developing EU policy-relevant fish-based indices in the Eastern Mediterranea...
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Freshwater fishes are key indicators for delineating biogeographical maps worldwide. However, controversy in regional-scale ichthyogeographic boundaries still persists, especially in areas of high species endemicity, such as in Greece. One problem concerns the taxonomy of the fishes because there have been extensive changes, mainly due to an increa...
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Europe’s Natura 2000 network, based on the EU Birds and Habitat Directives, has rapidly expanded protected areas targeting species and habitat types. In Greece, 52.4% of native freshwater fish are considered as species of EU community interest within the Habitats Directive (HD). However 31.3% of all threatened fish species at a global level and 32....
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Aim Despite significant population declines and targeted EU regulations aimed at A. anguilla conservation, little attention has been given to their status at their easternmost range. This study applies wide scale integrated monitoring to uncover the present-day eel distribution in Cyprus’ inland freshwaters. These are subject to increasing pressure...
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Even though the ecological impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) have been well studied, social aspects of IAS in freshwater ecosystems are still poorly explored. This study aimed to assess the perceptions associated with non-indigenous freshwater fish species (NIFS) among environmental-related professional and non-professional stakeholders in a...
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Landscape quality is an important aspect of conservation and sustainable development, yet holistic assessments of landscapes in the Latin American tropics are scarce. Here we employ an onsite survey across Costa Rica using the Landscape Assessment Protocol (LAP), a rapid assessment method, to assess the conservation condition of landscape views. In...
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This study provides an annotated checklist of the freshwater fish species recorded in lentic ecosystems of Greece. Species distributional data were derived from an extensive review of published and unpublished sources and were evaluated for their consistency, adequacy and reliability. Overall, 650 freshwater lentic ecosystems (149 natural and 501 a...
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A public sewer system storage and building, including road access, is planned to be constructed within a small protected areas at Marikes Beach, Rafina (Eastern Attika), Greece. Clearing works begun in January 2022. The works take place within a small protected areas with micro-wetland habitats in the dune slacks. The area was designated a wetland...
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Five years after its establishment (2016), the LTER-Greece network outlines its vision, aims, objectives and its achievements through a series of case studies. The network consists of eight observatories, focusing on innovative research topics, aiming to be both cooperative and complementary , while currently being in the process of expanding. LTER...
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An inventory of anthropogenic barriers to longitudinal river connectivity in Greece is presented based on an extensive literature review. We mapped Greece's 275 major dams and developed an ongoing inventory of 661 other barriers compiled from various sources; we further summarized future dam barriers as published in Greece's river basin area manage...
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Aim In the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot, freshwater fishes are key biogeographic indicators, while their habitats are vulnerable to ongoing anthropogenic pressures. The freshwater blenny is a widespread endemic taxon in this area. However, our understanding of the overall diversity of specific populations and their phylogenetic relationships...
Technical Report
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Greece's Schinias Marathon National Park has serious fish kill problems. This report documents a research collaboration among the Fisheries Department of the Region of Attika, the Schinias-Marathon National Park, Ymittos and Southeast Attica Management Body and the Inland Waters Section of HCMR. Τhe main aims of the 26 month research work was to ad...
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Surveys of anthropogenic pressures and their effect on river fish communities have rarely been conducted in the eastern Mediterranean countries, in contrast to the rest of Europe. An electrofishing dataset of 1586 samples (818 sites) was analyzed to investigate human-induced pressures on river fish assemblages in Greece. Pressure patterns and press...
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The Balkans are one of the European biodiversity hotspots, hosting outstandingly rich, yet threatened, flora and fauna. This region hosts one of the richest endemic freshwater ichthyofauna in Europe, including several genera occurring exclusively here. One of these is the genus of the primary freshwater minnows Pelasgus, which was designated only i...
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This paper discusses the preliminary results of the qualitative composition of marine fauna and catching technique for juveniles in the estuary of Sperchios River, a protected shallow area. It is the first time the marine fauna is studied in this region which is characterized as "nursery ground". A bag-seine net was used with mesh size 2.5 mm, whic...
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Non-indigenous fish species (NIFS) can cause severe ecological impacts on the invaded ecosystems and are considered as one of the leading factors of freshwater biodiversity loss. Unraveling the spatial overlap between NIFS and critically endangered (CR) fish species can contribute to targeted conservation actions to minimize the potential negative...
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Many studies around the globe have documented that the introduction of non-indigenous fish species (NIFS) may pose severe impacts on native biota, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services. In Greece, publications on NIFS have increased in recent decades, however review studies of past and current scientific research on freshwater NIFS in the co...
Technical Report
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Technical survey project by HCMR for the Management Body of Oiti National Park, Spercheios River and Maliakos Gulf. Focus is on using the "Barrier Tracker" app to develop an inventory and classification of barriers and to explore how they affect the ichthyofauna and other aquatic animals. This 12 month project has begun on the 6th of October 2020.
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The Greek ninespine stickleback (Pungitius hellenicus) is one of the most range-restricted critically endangered vertebrate species in Europe. The populations of this small fish were last investigated in 1996-97 during an HCMR project. The current HCMR project is commissioned for the Management Body of Mount Oiti National Park, Spercheios river and...
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The introduction of non-indigenous fish species (NIFS) to freshwater ecosystems is considered as one of the leading factors associated with freshwater biodiversity loss. Unravelling the spatial overlap between NIFS and critically endangered (CR) fish species can contribute to targeted conservation planning and actions to minimize the potential nega...
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The design and implementation of appropriate management actions to tackle the spread and negative impacts of non-indigenous fish species (NIFS) in freshwater ecosystems still remains a complex task. In an effort to address the limitations of current managerial approaches, our study develops and applies a classification framework to define non-indig...
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Concern for mountain river conservation science in tropical, subtropical, and Mediterranean-climate areas has lagged behind the better-studied cold temperate systems. This chapter outlines some distinctions among these nontemperate mountain rivers and provides a review of anthropogenic pressures and impacts, particularly as they affect biodiversity...
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This chapter examines fifteen major river basins, six being transboundary, that encompass the biogeographical mosaic of the Balkan Peninsula and deliver over 80% of river flows into the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Apart from a number of mountain river sections with spectacular wilderness landscapes still remaining intact, the majority of the Balkan...
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Within the ecosystem services framework, cultural ecosystem services (CES) have rarely been applied in state-wide surveys of protected area networks. Through a review of available data and online research, we present 22 potential proxy indicators of non-material benefits people may obtain from nature in Natura sites in Greece. Despite the limitatio...
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ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΗ του ΕΛΚΕΘΕ προς το Υπουργείο Μεταφορών και Υποδομών. H προγραμματισμένη διευθέτηση του ρέματος Ερασίνου, που έχει σήμερα δημοπρατηθεί, περιλαμβάνει μεταξύ άλλων έργα που υποβαθμίζουν τα φυσικά ενδιαιτήματα εντός της περιοχής Natura 2000 GR3000004 («Βραυρώνα-Παράκτια Θαλάσσια Ζώνη»). Μετά από πρόσφατες αυτοψίες σε όλη την περιοχή του Ερασίν...
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Fishway research has long focused on post-establishment assessments to optimize fish passage efficiency. Model-based optimization with the use of hydrodynamic-habitat models (HHMs) has rarely been employed to investigate passage suitability based on key hydraulic variables. In this study, a vertical slot fishway was designed, the hydraulic properti...
Technical Report
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This technical report surveys the development of conservation objectives for all fish species community concern in Greece based on the EU Habitats Directive. 61 species of fishes relevant to Annex II and four additional species are presented. For each speceis the report presents National Conservation Objectives and provides the first assessment of...
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Aim Population connectivity of benthic marine organisms depends strongly on planktonic larval dispersal and is controlled by geographic distance and oceanographic structure. We examine isolation by distance versus resistance to barriers (ocean current boundaries) against a background of post‐glacial habitat expansion in a small benthic fish of the...
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Gobies (Gobiiformes: Gobiidae) are the most species-rich family of fishes in general, and the most abundant fish group in the European seas. Nonetheless, our knowledge on many aspects of their biology, including the population genetic diversity, is poor. Although barriers to gene flow are less apparent in the marine environment, the ocean is not a...
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Fish assemblages and their distributions in the western Balkan rivers have rarely been investigated. This study provides initial insights into the spatial patterns of fish distributions in the main-stem of the White Drin in Kosovo. Sampling primarily utilized back-pack electrofishing at 11 sites along the river's entire main stem, recording 21 spec...
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Pelasgus Kottelat & Freyhof 2007 (Leuciscidae) is a freshwater fish genus endemic to the Southern Balkans. The distribution of most of its species is insufficiently known. Pelasgus was molecularly studied only marginally, and the genetic diversity of individual species or populations, crucial for their conservation, is completely unknown. We studie...
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This contribution presents the first record of the Asian clam Corbicula fluminea Müller, 1774 in Greece. The species was collected in Erythropotamos River (Reka Luda Луда река), one of the main tributaries of Evros River (classical name of the Maritsa river), thus being the southernmost record of this invasive bivalve in the Balkan Peninsula. The m...
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Research Highlights: The developed National Set of Indicators for the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) implementation in Greece at the national level sets the official, national basis on which future studies will be conducted for MAES reporting for the achievement of targets within the National and the European Union (...
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The diet of the lesser spotted eagle (Clanga pomarina) was studied in the area that is now the Amvrakikos Wetlands National Park during the Spring periods of 2000 and 2002 by analysis of pellets and prey remains found at two active nest sites, in two different territories. Among 155 prey items collected, in terms of biomass, the diet was 43% reptil...
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Industrial wind farms are being developed within many protected areas, such as in EU Natura 2000 sites; this includes proposals on small Mediterranean islands, such as Samothraki in Greece. Scarce wild land areas on islands may be particularly vulnerable to landscape-scale degradation; this may have serious negative societal impacts. Samothraki's r...
Technical Report
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Mid-term summary report for a 24 month research project for preventing eel fish kills within Schinias-Marathon National Park, Attika, Greece.
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On 9th July 2019, during aquatic sampling in a backwater riparian wood of the Spercheios river valley (38.5350°N, 22.1859°E; 33 m a.s.l.) we observed the an event of saurophagy on the range-restricted anguid. The event was photographed by the lead author. The importance of this documented observation is reviewed.
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During a Life Nature project (1999-2003) a restoration initiative attempted to reconnect and re-wet the river-side Rodia Swamp in the Amvrakikos Wetlands area in Northwestern Greece. Results of this action are summerized.
Technical Report
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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) and National Centre for the Environment and Sustainable Development (NCSD - EKPAA) support the icthyological research, planning and development for Greece's first storm drain marking "yellow fish" campaign. The project is headed by Stamatis Zogaris of the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland...
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The Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) is fairly widespread across much of mainland Greece but is currently known to be present on very few of the Greek islands. We reviewed otter data for the islands of Greece, based on confirmed evidence from the literature, personal records and unpublished data (e.g. alive/dead animals, tracks, spraints). The presence...
Technical Report
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Kαθορισμός μέτρων αποκατάστασης της ποτάμιας συνεκτικότητας και της ανόρθωσης ενδιαιτημάτων του ενδημικού είδους «αττικόψαρο» (Pelasgus marathonicus) και άλλων ειδών πανίδας [Πρώτη Ενδιάμεση Έκθεση]
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It was reported that the complex geological history of the southern Balkans caused diversification of terrestrial species. On the other hand, knowledge of the evolutionary history of freshwater biota is scarce. In order to contribute to an understanding of the historical biogeography of the region’s freshwaters, as well as to describe intraspecific...
Technical Report
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A 24 month research project for preventing eel fish kill events within Schinias-Marathon National Park, Attika, Greece. Cited as: Ζόγκαρης, Σ. (επιμέλεια σύνταξης) 2019. Έκθεση Έναρξης Έργου: Ερευνητικό πρόγραμμα για την ιχθυοπανίδα του Σχινιά – Μαραθώνα – μέτρα πρόληψης και αντιμετώπισης θνησιμότητας ψαριών. Ελληνικό Κέντρο Θαλάσσιων Ερευνών / Φορ...
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We collected trout (by electrofishing) from five localities, representing three independent river basins in 2015 and 2016. Seventy-four specimens of trout (Salmo spp.) were fin-clipped. Our extensive electrofishing surveys show that trout are present in approximately 55 km of streams on the Troodos massif. We used sequence analysis of the mitochond...
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Consortium AMBER workshop in Athens Greece, supprted by Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research.
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The current working paper results from our ongoing transdisciplinary efforts at supporting a sustainability transition on the Greek island of Samothraki (Fischer-Kowalski et al. 2011, Petridis et al. 2017). Our research activities on Samothraki revolve around identifying those ecological and social factors that cause insular societies to prosper an...
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We introduce a field survey method to assess the conservation condition of landscapes. Using a popular rapid assessment format, this study defines observable "stressed states" identified through the use of general metrics to gauge landscape degradation. Fifteen metrics within six thematic categories were selected through a literature review and ext...
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Mediterranean lotic waters such as rivers, streams and springs are poorly monitored for non-indigenous fish species (NIFS). Since these systems are stressed by multiple anthropogenic pressures, it is important to build robust procedures to track NIFS distribution and spread. This study applies a multi-faceted assessment of NIFS in the lotic ecosyst...